D.R.E.A.M. (Developing Responsible Economically Advanced Model-Citizens) is a cutting edge, financial education and advocacy 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to empowering underrepresented, urban youth by equipping them with the essential knowledge for life’s challenging financial decisions. D.R.E.A.M. is training the next generation of citizens who will foster change within America’s urban communities, which will result in a radical shift in the financial practices of America’s low-income, urban citizens.
Founded in 2009 by Jaleni Thompson and Femi Faoye, two individuals born and raised in urban areas of New York City, D.R.E.A.M. aims to provide youth with financial skills that will eventually lead to the eradication of the current wealth gap between low-income, urban citizens and the broader American population. Although this task may seem daunting, D.R.E.A.M.’s unique curriculum develops and engages students through relevant, hands-on education. Upon completion, graduates of the program will begin leading financially prudent lives and share this newly acquired knowledge with members of their community, thus inspiring change.